Costa Rica’s Oviedo injured, Gold Cup in doubt

Costa Rica international Bryan Oviedo (middle) broke the fifth metatarsal in his right foot while training with Everton. (Photo courtesy of Everton FC)

LIVERPOOL, England – Everton announced Thursday that Costa Rica international Bryan Oviedo will be out of action for the remainder of the English Premier League season after fracturing the fifth metatarsal in his right foot during a training session.

The left-back, who missed the last year’s World Cup due a broken leg suffered in January 2014, was in the process of returning from a hamstring strain.

“He was in a great moment of form and looking forward to getting back into the squad and finishing the season playing,” said Everton head coach Roberto Martinez.  “It was a very unfortunate action on his own and he is going to be out for the rest of the season.  He was trying to get on the ball and his ankle rolled in a very awkward position.”

"It's not the leg that he had his breakage - it's his other leg - so it is a completely different injury,” Martinez added. “It's very unfortunate.

Oviedo has scored two goals in 31 Premier League appearances, since joining the Toffees from Denmark’s FC Copenhagen in August 2012.  His status for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which will be played July 7-26, is unclear.